Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6'5", Weight: 263 lbs
Drafted: 2nd Round, Pick 47 overall
Trent was the first pick for the Redskins in the 2014 NFL Draft. Expectations are high for the OLB from Stanford. Murphy has had a lot of learning experiences in his first training camp. Before he hits the field in his first regular season game, here are five things you need to know about Trent Murphy.
#1. Trent prepared for training camp by running a plumber's obstacle course, including throwing water heaters. His father and brother "set up water heaters, and then you have to run through the water heaters and knock them all over, [then] flip a tire down, sledge hammer [the tire]. And then you do a farmer's walk with two water heaters, and throw a water heater over your shoulder, run like 50 yards and then throw it as far as you can. So that's a little Strongman - Plumbing Edition workout."
#2. Trent threw discus for Stanford's track and field team in 2011. His best was 158-5 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. He was the 2009 Arizona State Discus Champion while attending high school at Brophy College Preparatory.
#3. Hobbies include horseback riding, steer wrestling, ﬁshing, hiking and snowboarding. So Trent is a physical, outdoors-y guy. He likes enjoying nature and taking in the outdoors, as well as wrestling the occasional steer. Who doesn't? This hobby might actually help him in the NFL.
#4. In the 2013 season, Trent Murphy was a 5th year senior. He majored in Science, Technology and Society. I may need to do a "Five Things" article about this major because it doesn't sound real.
#5. Murphy has already impressed his coaching staff as well as his teammates. He comes to practice early and had memorized the playbook by the end of the first week of camp. Ryan Kerrigan told the Washington Post, "The coaches have really put a good amount on him as a rookie, and he has handled it so smoothly". Coach Gruden calls Trent "a true, football-playing grinding machine".
Bottom Line: Trent is a tough guy. If he treats opponents like he treats cattle and water heaters, he'll make an impact early in the season.
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